Save the date: Volunteering for a sustainable future
15 July 2011

Budapest, Hungary: The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme and the International Federation of Red Cross/Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) are planning to jointly organize a Global Volunteer Conference in Budapest during 15-17 September 2011.

The conference theme will be 'Volunteering for a Sustainable Future', and will look at ways to mainstream volunteerism in peace, humanitarian and development work.

The Global Volunteer Conference in Budapest will bring together high level leadership and decision makers from humanitarian and development organizations, governments, civil society, academia, the UN system and the corporate sector.

The conference will examine the role of volunteers in addressing present and future challenges in an increasingly polarized and fragmented world.

These discussions will emphasize the link between protecting the planet and giving people a chance for a better life, between citizen engagement and sustainable solutions for the improvement of our societies.  

It will underline the untapped potential of volunteering as a process mobilizing populations all over the world and thus contributing to the achievement of national and international development agendas. It will address volunteering as a cross-cutting force addressing a broad spectrum of peace and development activities, striving for the eradication of poverty and the betterment of the human condition.

Linkages between volunteering and issues such as climate change, migration, youth involvement, solidarity between generations, crisis prevention and recovery, disaster risk reduction, gender or growing urbanization will be addressed.  The conference will focus on the following broad themes.

  • Volunteering during humanitarian crises and emergency situations
  • Volunteering for peace and development:  MDGs and beyond
  • Promoting an enabling environment for volunteering
  • Enhancing evidence of the impact, value, and power of volunteering and its contribution to peace and development
  • Engaging national and international policy makers to enhance protection, recognition, and promotion of volunteers

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